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  • Principal Investigator 
Zubaer Hossain
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
zubaer@udel.edu, (302) 831 0900 (Office), 229 Spencer Lab
Dr. Hossain joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Delaware as an Assistant Professor in September 2015. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2011. He then served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology from 2011 to 2015. He also worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University from 2014 to 2015 and as a Visiting Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 2012. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he was a Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), where he completed his M.Sc.Engg. and B.Sc.Engg. degrees in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests involve understanding the mechanics and physics of heterogeneous materials with applications in composites, nanoelectronics, photovoltaics, and quantum materials.

  • Graduate Students
Tengyuan Hao
PhD Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
hty@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Hao is joining the group in Summer 2020. His research involves understanding toughness and strength anisotropy in nanostructured materials using a combination of quantum and classical simulations.

Joe Zhang
Master's Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
zhangzc@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Joe joined the group in Fall 2017. His research involves understanding effective toughness anisotropy in polycrystalline media at the atomic scale.

Ling Ma
Master's Student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
lynnma@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Ling joined the group in Fall 2017. Her thesis research involves understanding effective mechanical properties in defective high-temperature carbide nanowires. 

Fazle Elahi
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
fazle@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Fazle joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering effective structural properties of heterogeneous carbides. He received a 2019 Doctoral Fellowship from the Gradaute College at UD.

Tousif Ahmed
PhD student, Department of Mechanical Engineering
tousif@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Tousif joined the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in Fall 2016. His research involves engineering deflection-penetration criteria by exploiting heterogeneity at multiple scales. He received the 2019 Progress Award from the Center for Composite Materials at UD. He also received a 2020 Dissertation Fellowship from the Gradaute College at UD.

  • Undergraduate Students
Millie Ayako
UD Fall/Spring/Summer Scholar, Department of Physics
millieayako16@gmail.com, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Millie studies electronics states in alloy quantum dots. She has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Summer Scholarship for outstanding academic record and research plans.

Michelle Reckner
UD Summer Fellow, Department of  Mechanical Engineering
mreckner@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Michelle is interested in understanding deformation induced electronic properties in perovskites. 

Raj Shah
UD Spring Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering
           rajshah@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Raj investigates mechanical properties of quantum materials. 

Zach Cantrell
UD Spring Researcher, Department of Mechanical Engineering
           zscan@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Zach investigates mechanical properties of quantum materials. 

Shane Brown
UD Winter/Summer Scholar, Department of Physics
shane@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Shanes research involves quantum calculations of electronic states in solids. He has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Energy Fellowship for outstanding academic record and research plans.

Adrian Piel
UD Winter/Summer Scholar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
apiel@udel.edu, (302) 831 6457 (Office), 317 Spencer Lab
Adrian is designing an experimental setup for studying fracture in heterogeneous materials. He has been selected as a recipient of 2019 UD Summer Scholarship for outstanding academic record and research plans.


K-12 Interns 

Justin Xu, Charter School of Wilmington, xu.justin@charterschool.org
Claire Andreasen, Charter School of Wilmington, andreasen.claire@charterschool.org 
Edward Myers, Salesianum High School, edward.myers@salesianum.org 
Jackson Muller, Avon Grove High School, 13jmuller@gmail.com



Alumni


[K-12, Summer 2018] Max Bischoff, Charter School of Wilmington, maxwellbischoff@gmail.com. Max studied surface chemistry of quantum dots.

[K-12, Summer 2018] Justin Rheinstadter, Garnet Valley High School, justin.rheinstadter@gmail.com, Justin studied mechanics of nanostructured thermoelectric materials. Currently he is pursuing a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering at Penn State.

[K-12, Summer 2018] Sarah Ho, sarahmho25@gmail.com. Sarah worked at UDzLAB in Summer 2018 as a K-12 Summer Student. She worked on computational modeling of van der Waals heterostructures. She is currently a mechanical engineering student at UPenn. 

[UG, 2020] Timothy Hoff, thoff@udel.edu. Tim worked as a Summer Fellow. His work involved 
understanding the role of crystal structure in affecting mechanical anisotropy in highly anisotropic 2D materials using first-principles methods. 

[UG, 2020] Benjamin Halleran, bcoldenh@udel.edu, Ben worked as a Summer Fellow. His research involved understanding quantum mechanical basis of toughness anisotropy in low-dimensional materials.

[UG, 2020] Lexi Anderson, lexander@udel.edu, Lexi worked as a summer scholar and UDRAW researcher. Her work involved understanding the molecular basis of osteoporosis. 

[UG, 2019] Allison Procakaprocak@udel.edu, Alison spent one summer as a Undergraduate Summer Fellow at the lab. She explored nanomechanics of failure in van der waals heterostructures. She received the NASA Space Grant Tuition Award in 2019.

           [UG, 2019] Colin McDermitt, colinmcd@udel.edu. Colin worked as a summer fellow. He explored            the role of atomic chains in controlling effective behaviof of 2D heterostructures. 

[UG, 2019] Benjamin Silvermanbsilver@udel.edu. Ben worked at UDzLAB from Winter 2017 to Spring 2019. He studied thermomechanical stability of heterogeneous photovoltaic materials. Ben received the Outstanding Junior Award from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UD in 2018. 
 
[UG, 2019] Sama Tima, sama@udel.edu. Sama worked at UDzLAB in Spring 2019 to study mechanical behavior of solids using atomistic scale simulations. 

[UG, 2018] Christopher Blackwell, cbwell@udel.edu. Chris worked at UDzLAB from Summer 2017 to Fall 2018. He was a Summer Scholar and received the NASA Space Grant Tuition Award in 2018. His research involved understanding deflection at the atomic scale. 

[UG, 2018] Shawn Egan, smegan@udel.edu. Shawn worked at UDzLAB in Summer 2018 as a Summer Scholar. His work involved studying quantum confinement in alloy quantum dots.

[UG, 2017-2018] Tianyi Weng, wengtian@udel.edu. Tianyi worked at UDzLAB as a Summer Scholar in Summer 2018. Her research involved creating atomic structures of alloy quantum dots. Tianyi is currently at the Johns Hopkins University.

[UG, 2017] Christopher Pasquale, chrispas@udel.edu. Chris spent the summer of 2017 at UDzLAB as a UD Undergraduate Summer Researcher. He studied the implication of stress on phonons in solids.

[UG, 2017] Justice Calderon, juscal@udel.eduJustice spent a summer of 2017 at UDzLAB as a UD Undergraduate Summer Researcher. His research involved creating 2D heterostructures.

[MS, 2019] Jinye Liu, jinye@udel.edu. Jinye completed his Master's thesis on 'computational modeling of quantum confinement in alloy quantum dot-substrate heterostructures' in December 2018. Jinye'sTHESIS.

[MS, 2018] Tengyuan Hao, hty@udel.edu. Tengyuan is now at FuYao Glass. He worked at UDzLAB from Winter-2016 to Fall-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed a multiscale understanding of effective toughness in carbon nanotube reinforced glass. Hao'sTHESIS. He explained how cracks nucleation and propagate in amorphous silica. Further details on his work on fracture in silica can be found in his PRB paper.  

[MS, 2017] Venkateswaran Santhanam, venkat@udel.eduVenkat is now at Gore. He worked at UDzLAB from Summer-2016 to Summer-2017. In his Master's thesis, he developed an understanding of anisotropic fracture-toughness in graphene. Venkat'sTHESIS.